Our Vision:

Thriving American Cities

From Richmond, California, to Providence, Rhode Island, many cities across the nation continue to face significant economic challenges. These cities – and the people who live there – are essential to the nation’s economic future. With the right leaders, collaborating partners, new solutions and bold actions, these places and their people can achieve economic turnarounds and prosper.

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Planning & Implementation

We partner with elected local leaders in economically challenged communities to develop and implement recovery strategies.

Peer Learning

We facilitate opportunities for local leaders to connect and share insight, experience, and challenges with their peers in other cities.


We conduct research to provide local leaders and state and federal policymakers with information they need to adopt policies that foster economic revitalization in economically challenged cities.

Success Story

A Cross-Cutting Approach in Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights, Ohio is an inner ring suburb of 45,000 residents that has lost nearly 10% of its population since 2000. Working with the city manager, the Network provided advice on how the city could best facilitate redevelopment of a failing, privately-owned, 65-acre mall, practical support for better using technology and data to drive code enforcement, and a strategy for the launch of a partnership with a community development corporation to drive neighborhood revitalization.

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Construction of a 345-kilovolt power transmission line in #DaneCounty, Wisconsin has begun, which will cross the Driftless Area on its way to Iowa. A federal injunction prevents construction in federal waters on the route: by Danielle Kaeding for @WPR

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A controversial 345-kilovolt power line began construction in Dane County last week. The transmission line is the target of multiple legal challenges ...


Currently reading: How 11 #LocalGov in the Cities of Opportunity initiative have prioritized health and racial #Equity within their communities: via @leagueofcities

Cities of Opportunity: Pathway to Equity, A Brief Based on Analysis of Participating Cities

Cities of Opportunity Pathway to Equity…


The sudden move of #LocalGov public meetings to virtual platforms during the #Covid19 pandemic had promise for improving inclusion and #CivicEngagement, but still needs work. Some ideas by @michael_hendrix: via @GOVERNING


Thought Zoom Would Save Local Democracy? It Hasn’t.

Taking public meetings online was supposed to broaden civic engagement, but little has changed: The same vocal residents, interest groups and activist...


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